Police catch shoplifters using 'booster bags' to elude store sec - KMOV.com

Police catch shoplifters using 'booster bags' to elude store security systems

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April and Carrie Chambers are charged with felony stealing after being caught allegedly using 'booster bags' to shoplift from Victoria's Secret at the Chesterfield Mall. April and Carrie Chambers are charged with felony stealing after being caught allegedly using 'booster bags' to shoplift from Victoria's Secret at the Chesterfield Mall.
Shopping bags are altered to keep store security alarms from sounding. Shopping bags are altered to keep store security alarms from sounding.
A lining was added to a Hot Topic bag to turn it into a booster bag. A lining was added to a Hot Topic bag to turn it into a booster bag.
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Retailers and law enforcement are catching on to a shoplifting trend in which criminals alter what look like regular shopping bags to act as a barrier to stores' security sensors.

Chesterfield Police seized booster bags from suspected shoplifters Carrie and April Chambers after they visited Victoria's Secret at Chesterfield Mall.

The suspects allegedly inserted a lining into shopping bags from mall stores Hot Topic, Charlotte Russe and H&M to hide stolen goods and remove them from shops without security alarms sounding. In their case, however, the booster bags did not work.

"A lot of retailers are aware of these items and they look for those items as an indication that a possible shoplifting is about to occur," said Detective Marshall Broughton of Des Peres Police after a similar incident occurred at West County Mall in August 2014.

Police are also aware of the altered shopping bags and were able to catch the suspects allegedly shoplifting from Victoria's Secret.

Both Carrie and April Chambers are charged with felony stealing.

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